Kirti Ghia

Kirti Ghia

Kirti "Karman" N. Ghia

It is with a heavy heart we share with you the passing of Dr. Kirti "Karman" Ghia on June 13, 2017. Dr. Ghia's career at UC spanned 47 years.

Dr. Kirti "Karman" Ghia was born in Mumbai, India, as the fourth of nine children. If you know nothing else about him know this: He approached every aspect of his life with immense passion.

His first love was his family, He married his beloved Urmila in 1970 after a six-year courtship; they have two daughers, Kiran and Tina, and five grandchildren, Jackson, Zaki, Rohan, Rumi, and Divya. He was the first person on the dance floor and the last person dancing at every family wedding, infusing the party with light and life. He personally educated his siblings and their children--and inspired them, as he inspired everyone around him, to strive, to reach higher and to achieve.

In 1961, he left India by boat and came to the United States to earn a PhD in Aerospace Enigneering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He embraced life as an American-and this country embrased him. He paid forward every opportunity he received to the generations of studetns that he taught. These students were to him like extended family. He taught them with zest, welcomed them into his home, and raised them into scientists who now lead their field in scholarship and industry.

As a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Cincinnati, Kirti was a pioneer in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics. Though he had over 300 publications and a myriad accomplishments as a scientist, what set him apart from others was his depth of understanding and probity. He never shied from asking difficult questions at a seminar or pushing others to look at something in a different way--and, in doing so he helped others to achieve new heights of understanding and achievement.

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